Brit reigns at home on the first day of #UKWorldSBK at Donington
GRT rider Gino Rea took top honours on Friday at home at Donington Park, as the British rider topped the timesheets to lead the charge into Tissot-Superpole on Day 2. WorldSSP rookie Randy Krummenacher finished Friday in P2 for Kawasaki Puccetti Racing, ahead of his teammate and reigning Champion Kenan Sofuoglu.
Turk Sofuoglu, who announced a one year renewal with team Kawasaki Puccetti Racing before the second practice session of the day, suffered an uncharacteristic fall in FP2 but recovered to get back out on track quickly and set more competitive lap times, and was just edged out of P2 at the end of the session by teammate Krummenacher’s last lap of the day. Brit Luke Stapleford took his Triumph into the top 4 on Day 1 and ended Friday with direct entry to Tissot-Superpole in P4.
Honda World Supersport Team rider PJ Jacobsen, who was fast but suffered a fall during FP1, was again quick in FP2 and ended Friday in P5 after having a hot lap hindered by traffic. The American had set red sectors before encountering a slower rider near the end of the lap and losing a lot of time. P6 was taken by Italian Ayrton Badovini, the winner in Malaysia, ahead of fastest FIM Europe Supersport Cup rider of the day Ilya Mikhalchik.
CIA Landlord Insurance Honda rider Kyle Smith was another Brit in the top ten on Day 1 at Donington as the local rider ended the day in P8, ahead of MV Agusta Reparto Corse rider Lorenzo Zanetti and Team GOELEVEN’s Ondrej Jezek. Jezek was the last graduate to Tissot-Superpole 2 from Friday, with MV Agusta’s Jules Cluzel missing out in P13 after technical trouble.
WorldSSP will be back out for FP3 on Saturday morning local time, before Superpole decides the grid ahead of Sunday’s Race at 12:00pm local time (GMT+1).